Baking bread, among other things, was on my To Do list today.
I love bread.
All kinds of bread.
I can even remember where and/or when I had bread that was something more than just good.
Bread that was sublime.
Like the dinner buns served at my sister-in-law's wedding some 13 years ago. We had dinner in the officer's mess and the buttery, flaky bottoms of those buns!. . .
Oh my, I can still taste them. . .
In the past I would have used my bread machine. For this to work with my schedule, I would have to start it the minute I got home in the morning or I would not have time to bake it before I had to leave again in the afternoon.
If I didn't mind baking the loaf in the machine it would work alright I suppose but,(sorry if you are a bread machine lover) I really don't like the crust you get that way.
However, thanks to my sister Lisa (an awesome cook and baker) I have a dough recipe that's fast,(which suits my timetable) and doesn't need kneading. (which suits my arthritic hands!)
This recipe uses quick rise yeast and gives three decent loaves of bread. With a good store bought loaf now $2.79 I think I may do a whole lot more baking!
As soon as school is out two weeks from now, I'm going to try the foccacia from The Martha Stewart Cookbook.